Review: Emperor: The Field of Swords

Emperor: The Field of Swords

By Conn Iggulden

Emperor: The Field of Swords (The Emperor)When I picked up the first book in this series of books, I truly expected to be disappointed in it. I’m not much for historic novels and find that most of them that I try to read are dry and take me much longer to read than any other novel.

The books in the emperor series are not dry historic novels. Iggulden’s writing is enthralling. He’s taken a subject like history(granted that it’s one of the most popular roman emperors) and made it worth reading. He’s taken the life of Julius Caesar, about which most of us know a few details, but only historians know all the details and made it interestingly readable.

This, the third book takes up where the first two left Julius. In the newly built Roman cities of Spain. Having successfully conquered and Romanized the Spanish lands and people, Julius returns to Rome a lauded general. His thirst for conquest not quenched he quickly takes his legions north across the Andes and into Gaul.

I won’t spoil any more of the book for you, and what I have only covers the first 50 or so pages. What I will say is that the Emperor series is an excellent read and you really should pick up Gates of Rome, the first one, and give it a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Review: Achieving Prosperity

Achieving Prosperity: A Realistic, Ethical Guide to Building WealthAchieving Prosperity

By Todd Lipscomb

Everybody want’s to be prosperous. I have a bit of a vested interest in it as I write about personal finance at A Penny Saved.

Achieving Prosperity is about making sound ethical investments over the mid to long range based on taking advantage of economic swings and the regular ups and downs of the stock market. The advice given is very basic and doesn’t really give any true specifics. It’s a beginner level investment book that has the very basics of Todd’s investing principles.

While I was impressed with the basic principles that Todd gives in the book I had a very hard time actually reading the book. Todd self-published the book. This is something that I do support, but in this case, the book could have most certainly used the help of a human editor. It is obvious that Todd used spell check and grammar check, but as anyone who’s written a term paper knows, they don’t catch everything. In Achieving Prosperity, I found that there were hardly any pages without simple grammar mistakes that a computer check might not have found. These made it very hard to read the book.

While I would suggest reading this book as an investment book, try to gloss over the grammar mistakes and take the information in.

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Review: Magic Kingdom for Sale

Magic Kingdom of Landover book 1Magic Kingdom for Sale

By Terry Brooks

If you’ve read any of Terry’s Shannara series books like I have, you’ll go into this book expecting to read all about elves, druids, dwarfs, and the lot.  Don’t.

Magic Kingdom is about Ben, a talented but burnt out lawyer who decides to buy a Magic Kingdom out of a Rosen’s holiday catalog.  One million seems a small price to pay for the throne of a fantasy kingdom.

Little does he know that there are odd things afoot and the kingdom he just bought is in sad disrepair.  Not to mention the fact that none of his supposed subjects recognize him as the king of Landover.

In typical Terry Brooks fashion, I was sucked into the book immediately and found the entire book very readable.  Magic Kingdom is a fantasy book on a whole new bent from the Shannara series of books.  It’s well worth the read.

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Review – Cell: A Novel

Cell: A Novel by Stephen KingCell: A novel

By Stephen King

As a rampant Stephen King fan, I find it very hard to objectively review this book.  But, I’ll try.

Cell is a novel about cell phones.  More specifically, what happens when a “pulse” is sent out over the cell phone networks that makes everyone who has a cell phone stone cold crazy.

As per usual, Cell is well written. One of the reasons that I love King’s writings so much is his ability to get into the heads of his subjects and make it extremely real.  Instead of telling us what a character is thinking, he is able to “show” us.

The plot follows Clay, a aspiring graphic novel artist, from the few minutes before the “pulse” through until a resolution that is, in true King fashion, a bit gruesome but seemingly necessary.

The book follows along the genre of “The Stand” with it’s end of the world as we know it theme.  It’s well written and extremely fast reading.  I found myself immersed into it immediately and it became harder and harder to put it down.

If you are a fan of King and haven’t read Cell, do yourself the favor and pick up a copy at Amazon!

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